Saturday, October 24, 2020

Defected BMD youth members yet to resign from party

Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMDYL) members who joined the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) on Sunday remain members of the BMD until they tender in their resignation, the party’s youth organization said Monday. BMD learnt through a BDP press conference on Sunday that the quartet; Anderson Mathibe, BMDYL treasurer Hazel Wadikgosi, BMDYL Additional Member, Kabo Sekwai and Tumelo Moyo were new members of the BDP. BMDYL President Phenyo Segokgo told this publication that he could only confirm that his colleagues have left the party because he learnt that from the BDP press conference. Segokgo said at least by end of business on Monday the party was yet to receive official correspondences from any of the four members confirming their resignation from the BMD.   “We had expected as a procedure that when they decided to join another party they informed us through formal correspondences but at this stage it has not happened,” he said. The youth League President said as far as the party is concerned the four youthful politicians are still members of the BMD until written correspondences terminating their memberships are formally delivered to the party’s secretary general. “They are still enjoying any benefit that comes with their membership within the movement. We thought that because they joined another party on Sunday when our office was closed, at least by Monday they would have tendered their resignation letters but we are still waiting for those letters,” said Segokgo. He said their resignation did not come as a surprise to the BMD as the party intelligence had already warned about their planned departure around September last year and their meetings with BDP leadership. “We knew about all this, our intelligence warned us about their intentions. We received information that they were also spying for the BDP,” said Segokgo. Segokgo further told this publication that according to information from the party intelligence there are some who remained in the party but are expected to defect soon.

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